Ulsanbawi Course - Seoraksan National Park is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near the city of Sokcho-Si that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Located in Northeastern South Korea, this trail leads from the main entrance of Seoraksan National Park to the top of the famous Ulsanbawi rocks. Ulsanbawi is composed of six granite peaks, each bearing a width of 4km. You can see the spectacular scenery of Seorak Mountain, the East Sea, Dalma Peak, and Haksapyeong Reservoir from the top. This is a demanding hike which with a steady climb over the first portion of the trail and a strenuous steep rise near the end. A series of stairways leads up the cliffs of the rockface to the very top at the end of this hike providing a spectacular view as a reward.
Fun but challenging hike. Get ready to go up a lot of stairs! We went during August and it was quite humid. Fun views once you get to the top.
I hiked this August of 2014 and loved it!! Pretty strenuous once you start up the 888 stairs to the top. Random little shops and restaurants on the way up which was fun. Very nice to get some ice cream on the way back down haha. The view at the top is amazing. I went earlier in the morning so it was still quite foggy but cleared up. Highly recommend this hike, or at least just vising the park.
Wife, kids and I did this hike recently in the spring. We started that hike at about 10AM from the main visitor center area after buying our tickets to the cable car which we would ride later. We only had four hours and the sign said that this was a four hour hike so it seemed like a nice fit. The first half of hike is fairly easy with a gentle slope upwards. There is resting area with food and a popular rock that hikers like to pose with about half way through the hike. Following this rest area the hike gets very strenuous with a constant uphill trail. Parts of the hike are so steep that stairs have been built, especially near the end where you are essentially climbing stairs up the final rock cliff face of Ulsanbawi (bawi stands for rock in Korean). The view from the top is amazing and I would highly recommend this hike. The trip up took about 2 1/2 hours but we got down in just over an hour to catch our cable car. This was a tough hike but the highlight of our day and something we will remember forever.